Auto Collisions – Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

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If you have been injured in an auto collision and are considering hiring an attorney, there are several issues that you should consider.  The following are questions that you should ask a prospective attorney: 1. How long have you been practicing personal injury law? 2. What percentage of your practice is devoted to personal injury and… Read more »

Auto-Truck Accidents and Braking Time-Distance

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The distance it takes for a vehicle to stop has three factors.  The first is perception time, which is the time it takes a driver to see a hazard and for the brain to realize it is a hazard.  Perception time can be from one-quarter to one-half of a second.  Second is human reaction time.  Reaction… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Another Advantage to Hiring an Attorney

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Another advantage to hiring an experienced person injury lawyer, as opposed to trying to handle a claim by yourself, is that personal injury cases have many complicated procedural and evidentiary rules. The legislatures in both Missouri and Kansas have created many complex rules and laws that govern personal injury lawsuits.  A lawyer who is knowledgeable about personal… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Do You Need a Lawyer?

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There is no requirement that you hire a lawsuit to pursue a personal injury claim or to file a lawsuit.  In cases where the other driver is clearly at fault and your injuries are not serious you may be better off without an attorney.  You can document your injuries and damages and submit your proof… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Accident Reconstruction – Part 2

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In analyzing a vehicular collision, the expert reconstructionist will want to physically inspect the vehicles.  The amount of “crush” damage (based upon the linear “Delta V”) to the cars can be used to assist in determining the speed of the vehicles at the time of impact.  Features of the car, like seatbelts, airbags, headlamps, and tires,… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Accident Reconstruction – Part 1

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Accident reconstruction is the science of investigating, analyzing, and then identifying the cause of a vehicle collision and any contributing factors. An accident reconstruction begins at the scene of the collision.  Measurements of all geographic features of the scene will be taken.  Visibility issues will be identified and “line of sight” issues will be addressed.  Photographs will… Read more »

Auto Accidents – Value of Case – Noneconomic Damages

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In personal injury claims, Kansas and Missouri law permit claims for compensation for economic and noneconomic damages.  Noneconomic damages include: pain and suffering; mental anguish; disability; and disfigurement.  There is no formula for the value of these damages.  The value of a noneconomic claim is dependent on the evidence of your injury.  Generally, there are… Read more »